Duritza family adds 2 local markets to portfolio

  • By Rick Shrum January 29, 2013
Foodland on West Chestnut Street in North Franklin Township has ben sold to the Duritza family of Washington. - Jim McNutt / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

The Duritza family didn’t have to go grocery shopping.

Bob Duritza, president of the Washington Shop ’N Save, said Monday Duritza Properties LP has purchased the Canonsburg Shop ’N Save and Interstate Foodland in Canton Township. In each instance, he said, the owners approached his family with the intent to sell.

According to deed transactions listed in Sunday’s Observer-Reporter, Duritza Properties paid HPT Canonsburg LP $5,850,000 for the Canonsburg store, and $1 million to Jack Stanley Jr. et al. for the Foodland.

The Duritzas had been leasing and operating the Canonsburg grocery on West Pike Street. “We had been approached by the landlord who was thinking of selling,” Bob Duritza said. “He lives out of state.”

Duritza said members of the Stanley family, who owned the Canton store on West Chestnut Street, have been “friendly business competitors for many years. Their family was looking into retirement and approached our family. We purchased the business and property.”

He said that store will remain a Foodland.

The Duritzas now own nine groceries – five Shop ’N Saves, three Foodlands and Duritza’s Market in North Belle Vernon. The other Shop ’N Saves are in Imperial, Rostraver Township and Weirton, W.Va.; the other Foodlands are in Monessen and Monongahela.

Rick Shrum joined the Observer-Reporter as a business reporter in 2012. Previously, he was a section editor, sports reporter and copy editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Rick has won numerous awards, including a Golden Quill, an O-R staff Golden Quill award, and four other writing awards during his 40 plus years working for daily newspapers. A lifelong Pittsburgher, he is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.


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